Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii)


French: Bécasseau de Temminck German: Temminckstrandläufer Spanish: Correlimos de Temminck

Tringa Temminckii


, 1812,

Hanau am Main, Germany


Formerly placed in genus Erolia; has been included in Ereunetes. Suspected to have hybridized with C. minuta#R. Monotypic.


Scandinavia through NW Russia and N Siberia E to Chukotskiy Peninsula and Anadyrland; irregularly in Britain. Winters from Mediterranean, N tropical Africa and Middle East through Indian Subcontinent and Indochina to S China, Taiwan and S Ryukyu Is, and S to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo; occasionally to Philippines (Mindoro, Palawan, Panay and Luzon)#R.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 15–36 g; wingspan 34–37 cm. Small, short-legged stint with broad white sides to tail and rump, unique amongst Calidris; upperparts range... read more


Gives a single, short, hard and clear “tirr” or “trrrrit” in contact or alarm, e.g. when flushed or... read more


Typical (southern) tundra, shrub tundra and floodplains in forest tundra up to 1200 m; on level... read more

Food and feeding

At breeding grounds and inland, primarily insects and their larvae, especially beetles and Diptera, occasionally plant material; on coast,... read more


Lays late May to early Jul. Successive bigamy by both sexes, occasionally with third clutch, while pair-bond typically lasts c.1 week, but... read more


Migratory. Broad-front migration spans towards N Africa and S Asia. Arrival in N Africa late Jul to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Has been suggested that between 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 pairs were breeding in Russia in 1980–1990. Wintering population in SW... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 May 2019).